Arts and Culture

Symposium for black artists steps out of the colonial prism
Symposium for black artists steps out of the colonial prism
As South Africa delves into yet another themed month, the arts have come into focus because of their close relation to questions about culture and...
Paul Beatty: Exploring race without limits
Paul Beatty: Exploring race without limits
During a conversational interview with Man Booker prize-winning author Paul Beatty in late August, he relates a story about going to hear author...
No mere Semblance of success
No mere Semblance of success
Two years ago, Cukia Kimani and Ben Myres were University of Witwatersrand students who dreamt of making games. Next year, their game Semblance...
Biko may be gone, but his words will live forever
Biko may be gone, but his words will live forever
No Fears Expressed: Quotes from Steve Biko is a collection of quotes sourced from Biko's iconic essays in I Write What I Like and...
The white man’s last outpost: His 4x4
The white man’s last outpost: His 4x4
It is a crisp Tuesday morning and the Wheels of the Bus is playing. I’m 26. A new mother with a six-week-old baby in the back of my car....
How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
Lately, the word “process’’ has been perched on almost every one of my thoughts about questions large and small. At the base of my mind, like...
On our Lists this week: Tank and the Bangas, and Morgan Parker
On our Lists this week: Tank and the Bangas, and Morgan Parker
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé. I saw the cover of Parker’s collection of poems on Instagram and...
Through the looking glass
Through the looking glass
‘In the news, people are portrayed in one particular way,” says photographer and 2015 Ernest Cole award-winner Masixole Feni. “If it is not...
Where there’s an ironclad will, there’s a way for Alatise
Where there’s an ironclad will, there’s a way for Alatise
Peju Alatise gets what she wants. In so doing, she does not suffer fools, back down from challenges or accept standards other than the ones she...
Limits and freedom of non-free art
Limits and freedom of non-free art
The Joburg Art Fair sort of prepared us for Instagram. The visual overload of imagery during its inaugural opening in 2008, where Robin Rhode was...
Between art and memory
Between art and memory
It’s an act as old as the construction of images. For thousands of years, people have been using the family portrait as a vehicle for the...
Brave Beauties and the dark Lioness
Brave Beauties and the dark Lioness
On the last day of August — so-called Women’s Month — Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town hosted a Zanele Muholi retrospective of the...
Stolen moments of prison life
Stolen moments of prison life
When I first came across Fatima Meer’s paintings in 2008 I had no idea they would inspire my master’s degree. I had just been appointed the...
The impossible quest for purity
The impossible quest for purity
Sunday morning, church hour, and my family has absconded to grandmother’s. For 60 glorious minutes the house is mine. Against my conscience, I...

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